Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum.

OK, back to the 90's: This Minneapolis-based alt-rock, quasi-one-hit wonder band went multi-platinum and peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 with a folk-rock tune about missing teenagers. Won the Grammy for Best Rock Song of '94. The video showed names and pictures of up to 36 actual missing teens during the chorus and is credited for reuniting some of them with their families. Band? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "The Girl From Ipanema" ("Garota De Ipanema").

Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (Helo Pinheiro) was the inspiration. The original version by Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Jobim and Astrud Gilberto peaked at #5 in '64. I'm proud to say that my distant cousin Olga Albizu, may she rest in peace, painted the cover for the original Verve album.

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